The New Masculine Podcast
August 13th, 2020
On this episode, Travis talks to Adrian Shanker, founder and executive director of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Adrian is here to talk about the new book Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health, for which he is the editor and a contributing author. Through his own story and the stories of his fellow authors, he emphasizes the challenges that LGBT people face as they navigate systems that, at best do not speak to the realities of their lives, and at worst devalue and shame them. This book is a first of its kind, being a collection of essays written by LGBT healthcare consumers to help inform and improve healthcare practices toward more equity.
Adrian Shanker is an award-winning activist and organizer whose career has centered on advancing progress for the LGBT community. He has worked as an arts fundraiser, labor organizer, marketing manager, and served as President of Equality Pennsylvania for three years before founding Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, PA, where he serves as executive director. An accomplished organizer, Adrian has led numerous successful campaigns to advance LGBT progress through municipal nondiscrimination and relationship recognition laws and laws to protect LGBT youth from conversion therapy. A specialist in LGBT health policy, he has developed leading-edge health promotion campaigns to advance health equity through behavioral, clinical, and policy changes.